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Undergraduate

Diploma of Science

2021

Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
116171
591110
Online (CSP)
116171
591110
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
075065G
Course Duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Part-time
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
Semester 1
Semester 2
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Yes
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

YSCI01

Award
Diploma of Science
Faculty/College
College of Engineering, IT and Environment
Sector
HE
Area of study
Science and The Environment

The Diploma of Science is ideal if you are curious about studying science and would like to learn more though unsure about committing to a degree, or you already have a career in the sciences and want to upskill with another qualification and skills in another discipline.

You will explore a variety of science concepts, theories and principles in different fields such as general science, geographic information science, environmental science and medical science until you find the one that resonates with you.

As you progress through your diploma, you will develop your knowledge in logical and critical thinking, and problem-solving from a scientific and technological perspective.

After completing your diploma, you have the option to move into our Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Environmental Science courses.

Whether you are in the science field or looking to move into science, or perhaps you are a teacher or engineer wanting to gain knowledge about a specific science discipline, this flexible diploma will help you find what you are looking for.

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course may lead to a variety of science-related roles in government, private companies, non-government organisations and community sectors including positions as a technician, laboratory assistant, consultant, analyst, designer and developer, project manager or helpdesk support administrator, plus many more.

Credit transfers & pathways

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

International applications

All International applicants must apply through StudyLink unless currently studying year 12 in Australia. Only International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC.

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  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 5.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of B2.
Navitas Academic English (will not be accepted from 2021 onwards) A minimum overall pass and 55% in Academic English 3. (Note: this score will not be accepted from 2021 intakes onwards).
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

ATAR profile

There are no statistics available for this course. It may be that the course is new or the profile data is unavailable.

Course structure

The course includes two common units, five specialist elective units and an elective unit.

The common units are designed to assist Diploma students gain the academic skills required to make the successful transition to higher education. They focus on developing the practical skills required for university study. These include: assignment writing, reading and thinking critically, referencing, researching, IT skills, teamwork and communication.

Specialist elective units enable students to study biology, chemistry, ecology, environmental science, earth science, computing science, physics, mathematics, geographic information science, psychology, sports science, indigenous environmental management and knowledge, statistics and biomedical science.

Students without higher education experience should take 100 level units but professionals wanting to upgrade science qualifications and skills can take units at any undergraduate level as long as they structure their unit selection to meet prerequisite unit requirements.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Common Units
(2 units)

20cp

Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below. 

CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability (compulsory)
Plus either:
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability (new title 2016) OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology

Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.
 

Core Units
(0 units)

0cp

There are no Core Units for this course.
 
Specialist Elective
(5 units)

50cp

Units totalling 50 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.

The following streams are provided as a guide to assist students in unit selection based on previous study or career orientation. Students may complete any units from any one stream or across a number of streams.

When selecting specialist electives, choose units at a suitable level. The first number in each unit code indicates the year level at which the subject is taught. Undergraduate units are coded at 100 to 300 level, therefore units coded as SBI1xx, SBI2xx and SBI3xx would be first, second and third year units respectively.

Many second and third units have assumed knowledge and pre-requisite requirements.

Students without any previous university level study typically take 100 level/first year units.

Stream Group A (50cp)

The following streams are recommended for students without a previous Bachelor degree who may in future transfer to the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Environmental Science

General Science (for transfer to BSc)
SCH101 Chemical Concepts
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry
SPH141 Concepts of Physics
SMA101 Mathematics 1A or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
10CP from the other streams below.

Geographic Information Science (for transfer to BSc)
SCH101 Chemical Concepts or SCH104 Introductory Chemistry
SMA101 Mathematics 1A or SPH141 Concepts of Physics or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
ENV101 Earth Systems
HIT137 Software Now
HIT164 Computing Fundamentals

Ecology (for transfer to BSc)
SCH101 Chemical Concepts or SCH104 Introductory Chemistry
SMA101 Mathematics 1A or SPH141 Concepts of Physics or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
ENV102 The Diversity of Life
SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021) OR SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry OR SBI105 The Life of Cells (last offered 2017)
ENV201 Introductory Ecology OR ENV204 Ecosystems, Evolution and Biodiversity (new title from 2019) OR ENV206 Environmental Physiology OR SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies

Biomedical Science (for transfer to BSc)
SCH101 Chemical Concepts or SCH104 Introductory Chemistry
SMA101 Mathematics 1A or SPH141 Concepts of Physics or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021)
SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies OR SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry OR SBI105 The Life of Cells (last offered 2017) OR MLS110 Introduction to Diagnostic Pathology (replaces MLS100 from 2020)

Wildlife And Conservation Biology (for transfer to BES - no longer available)
SCH101 Chemical Concepts or SCH104 Introductory Chemistry
ENV101 Earth Systems
ENV102 The Diversity of Life
IAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment (replaces CIK240 from 2020)
ENV205 Environmental Issues (previously SBI240) (replaced by ENV103 Environmental Issues from 2018)

Natural And Cultural Resources Management (for transfer to BES - no longer available)
ENV101 Earth Systems
ENV102 The Diversity of Life
IAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment (replaces CIK240 from 2020)
ENV205 Environmental Issues (previously SBI240) (replaced by ENV103 Environmental Issues from 2018)
ENV202 Introduction to Remote Sensing OR ENV207 Fire Ecology and Management in North Australia OR ATI160 Cultural Site Management (no longer available from 2020) OR IAS223 Representing and Recording Country (replaces CIK210 from 2020) OR IAS254 Partnership and Engagement in Indigenous Land and Sea Management (replaces CIK230 from 2020)

Stream Group B (50cp)

The following streams are recommended for students with a previous degree including registered teachers undertaking studies in science disciplines.

Biology
ENV102 The Diversity of Life
ENV201 Introductory Ecology
ENV204 Ecosystems, Evolution and Biodiversity (new title from 2019)
ENV206 Environmental Physiology
ENV301 Tropical Invaders and Biosecurity
ENV302 Organisms and Environmental Change
ENV303 Ecological Restoration and Conservation
ENV316 Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia (Study Period 2) (intensive field component) (replaces ENV304)
SBI105 The Life of Cells (last offered 2017)
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021)
SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
SBI322 DNA Analysis and Profiling (replaced by ENV323 Environmental Microbiology from 2017)

Chemistry (some units available internal only)
ENG142 Concepts of Chemical Engineering (final offering in 2019)
SCH101 Chemical Concepts
SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
ENG246 Process Analysis
ENG247 Fluid and Thermodynamics
PHA212 Medicinal Chemistry
SBI245 Biochemistry
PHA311 Clinical Biochemistry
SBI322 DNA Analysis and Profiling (replaced by ENV323 Environmental Microbiology from 2017)

Environmental Science
ENV101 Earth Systems
ENV102 The Diversity of Life
ENV201 Introductory Ecology
ENV202 Introduction to Remote Sensing
ENV203 Environmental Survey and Monitoring Skills (repeatable) (replaced by ENV209 Fauna and Flora Survey and ENV210 Water Quality Assessment from 2018)
ENV204 Ecosystems, Evolution and Biodiversity (new title from 2019)
ENV205 Environmental Issues (previously SBI240) (replaced by ENV103 Environmental Issues from 2018)
ENV206 Environmental Physiology
ENV207 Fire Ecology and Management in North Australia
ENV208 Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Thinking (previously SES220) (new title 2018)
ENV300 Wildlife Management
ENV301 Tropical Invaders and Biosecurity
ENV302 Organisms and Environmental Change
ENV303 Ecological Restoration and Conservation
ENV306 Environmental Monitoring and Modelling
ENV315 Desert Field Ecology (proposed unit for BES)
ENV316 Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia (Study Period 2) (intensive field component) (replaces ENV304)
ENV317 Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods (Proposed unit for BES) (replaces ENV402)
ENV322 Molecular Environmental Health Assessment (Proposed unit for BES)
SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
ATI160 Cultural Site Management (no longer available 2020)
IAS223 Representing and Recording Country (replaces CIK210 from 2020)
IAS254 Partnership and Engagement in Indigenous Land and Sea Management (replaces CIK230 from 2020)
IAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment (replaces CIK240 from 2020)

Maths and Physics
HIT140 Foundations of Data Science (replaces STA101 from 2021)
SMA101 Mathematics 1A
SMA102 Mathematics 1B
SMA209 Mathematics 2A
SMA212 Data Analytics (replaces SMA211 from 2021)
SPH141 Concepts of Physics
ENG151 Statics
ENG154 Engineering Foundations (discontinued, last offered 2015)
ENG174 Electrical Engineering
ENG221 Analogue Electronics
ENG223 Electrical Circuit Analysis
ENG247 Fluid and Thermodynamics
ENG252 Dynamics
ENG267 Hydraulics And Soil Mechanics

Health and Physical Education
AOD201 Alcohol and other Drugs Studies
HSC112 Basics of Epidemiology
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (new title from 2021)
MLS110 Introduction to Diagnostic Pathology (replaces MLS100 from 2020)
MLS101 Haematology 1
MLS201 Haematology (last offered 2014)
MLS202 Haematology 2
MLS245 Medical Biochemistry
SBI241 Pathophysiology for Healthcare (replaces NUR231 Challenge and Response to Body Integrity 1 from 2021)
SBI242 Pharmacology for Clinical Practice(replaces NUR241 Challenge and Response to Body Integrity 2 from 2021)
PHA210 Pharmacology 1 (no longer available 2021)
PHA212 Medicinal Chemistry
PHA213 Pharmacology 2 (no longer available 2021)
PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics
PHM301 Exploring Public Health
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A
PSY141 Introduction to Psychology B
PSY202 Developmental Psychology
PSY208 Biological Bases of Behaviour
PSY209 Social-Cultural Psychology
PSY211 Introduction to Forensic Psychology
PSY245 Cognition and Language
PSY247 Research Design and Analysis
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021)
SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
SBI245 Biochemistry (no longer offered 2021)
SPE261 Functional Anatomy (replaces SBI261 from 2021)
SBI282 Clinical Microbiology 1
MLS283 Clinical Immunology (replaces SBI283 from 2021)
SBI284 Histology and Histochemistry
SPE205 Biomechanics and Movement Analysis (new title from 2021)
SPE206 Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology (new title from 2021)
SPE111 Physical Assessment, Exercise Prescription and Delivery (replaces SPE209 Exercise Physiology 1 from 2021)
SPE210 Motor Control and Development
SPE309 Exercise Physiology 2
SPE320 Nutrition and Health
SPE330 Physical Activity in Special Population (new title from 2021)

Information Technology
BIS134 System Analysis and Design (discontinued, last offered 2015)
HIT234 Database Concepts (replaces BIS234 from 2019)
HIT333 Cyber Security (replaces BIS243 from 2019)
HIT137 Software Now
HIT164 Computing Fundamentals
HIT172 Operating Systems and Applications
HIT174 Network Engineering Concepts (no longer available from 2020)
HIT220 Algorithms And Complexity
HIT226 Mobile Web Structures
HIT235 Digital Systems And Computer Architecture
HIT237 Building Interactive Software
HIT238 The Mobile Paradigm
PMO201 Project Management
* Students wishing to focus on Information Technology should consider the specialist Diploma of Network Engineering.

General Science units
SID300 Professional Practice in Science
SID301 Science Research Project

If not already selected from Stream Groups A or B 20cp may be selected from the units listed below.

CIK220 Arctic to Uluru: Comparative Studies in Indigenous Policy (not offered 2017 or 2018)(no longer available)
IAS402 Intercultural Practice (replaces CIK305 from 2020)
CIK341 Global Perspectives on Indigenous Land and Sea Management (no longer available 2021)
ATI110 Indigenous Policymaking (no longer available 2020)
ATI160 Cultural Site Management (no longer available 2020)
IAS225 Cultural Resource and Site Management (replaces ATI221 from 2020)
IAS354 Impact Assessment and Management of Cultural Sites (replaces ATI321 from 2020)
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law (not avail 2021 - offered in alternate years)

Alternatively, with approval from the course coordinator, students may select 30cp of units from the following courses:
Diploma of Psychology
Diploma of Network Engineering
Diploma of Exercise And Sport Science
Diploma of Counselling
Diploma of Alcohol And Other Drugs
Diploma of Engineering
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Environmental Science

Students exiting from a Bachelor degree with this Diploma of Science can also be credited with the following units as special electives:

PHA103 Fundamentals of Pharmacy Practice (no longer available 2020)
SCL200 Communication for Improved Patient Care
 

Elective
(1 units)

10cp

Select 1 unit totalling 10 credit points may be selected from undergraduate units offered by the University.
 

80cp

Total Credit Points

 

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Diploma AQF Level 5 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.
 

Course Changes - 2021
Please note the following course structure changes:
NUR231 Challenge and Response to Body Integrity 2 has been replaced by SBI241 Pathophysiology for Healthcare.
NUR241 Challenge and Response to Body Integrity 2 has been replaced by SBI242 Pharmacology for Clinical Practice
SBI245 Biochemistry no longer offered from 2021, students who have not completed SBI245 can complete SBI150 Cellular Biology as replacement. Students who have completed SBI245 should not complete SBI150.
SPE205 Biomechanics and Movement Analysis, unit title change from 2021. Unit previously titled Biomechanics 1.
SPE206 Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology, unit title change from 2021. Unit previously titled Exercise and Sport Psychology 1.

Course Changes - 2018
ENV205 Environmental Issues is being discontinued at the end of 2017 and will be replaced by the equivalent ENV103 Environmental Issues.
ENV203 Environmental Survey and Monitoring (repeatable) is being discontinued at the end of 2017 and will be replaced by ENV209 Fauna and Flora Survey and Monitoring and ENV210 Water quality Assessment. Students who have completed the fauna and flora version of ENV203 should not complete ENV209 and students who have completed the soil and water monitoring version of ENV203 should not complete ENV210.

Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements - 2016
Students who have completed Nursing units may count these towards specialist electives. For specific advice, please contact the Course Coordinator.

Unit Title Changes

Unit Code Previous Title New Title (2016)
CUC100 Academic Literacies Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Legend: CU = Common Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

Students who have not completed a university degree and who are not following a study pathway into the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Environmental Science should follow the below plan.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology
CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
Specialist elective (100 level) SE Specialist elective (100 level) SE
Specialist elective (100 level) SE Specialist elective (100 level) SE
Specialist elective (100 level) SE Elective SE

Students who are interested in continuing to second year entry into the Bachelor of Science (Geographic Information Science major) should follow the below plan.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU
SCH101 Chemical Concepts or SCH104 Introductory Chemistry SE SPH141 Concepts of Physics or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
OR
Elective if SMA101 or SMA104 is taken in SEM-1
SE/E

SMA101 Mathematics 1A or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
OR
Elective if SPH141 or SMA104 is taken in SEM-2

SE/E HIT137 Software Now SE
HIT164 Computing Fundamentals SE ENV101 Earth Systems SE

Students who are interested in continuing to second year entry into the Bachelor of Science (Ecology major) should follow the below plan.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU
SCH101 Chemical Concepts or SCH104 Introductory Chemistry SE SPH141 Concepts of Physics OR or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
OR
Elective if SMA101 or SMA104 is taken in SEM-1
SE/E
SMA101 Mathematics 1A or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
OR
Elective if SPH141 or SMA104 is taken in SEM-2
SE/E SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021) OR
SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry OR
SBI105 The Life of Cells (last offered 2017) OR
ENV101 Earth Systems
SE
ENV102 The Diversity of Life SE SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021)  OR
SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry OR
SBI105 The Life of Cells (last offered 2017) OR
ENV101 Earth Systems
SE

 

Students who are interested in continuing to second year entry into the Bachelor of Science (General Science major) should follow the below plan.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU
SCH101 Chemical Concepts or SCH104 Introductory Chemistry SE SPH141 Concepts of Physics or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
OR
Elective if SMA101 or SMA104 is taken in SEM-1
SE/E
SMA101 Mathematics 1A or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
OR
Elective if SPH141 or SMA104 is taken in SEM-2
SE/E Group A or B Specialist elective SE
Group A or B Specialist elective SE Elective E

 

Students who are interested in continuing to second year entry into the Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science major) should follow the below plan.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies SE
SCH101 Chemical Concepts or SCH104 Introductory Chemistry SE

SPH141 Concepts of Physics or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
OR
Elective if SMA101 or SMA104 is to be taken in Year 2 of Bachelor of Science

SE/E
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 SE SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 SE
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021) E

 

Please note: from 2018 the Nutrition major is no longer available.
Students who are interested in continuing to second year entry into the Bachelor of Science (Nutrition major) should follow the below plan.

By semester 2, students must either

  • Transfer into the Bachelor of Science (without gaining the Diploma of Science) to complete the Bachelor of Science (Nutrition major) OR
  • Graduate with the Diploma of Science by completing CUC106, 2 units from Group A or B specialist electives and 1 elective unit.
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU Follow study plan for Bachelor of Science (Nutrition major) if transferring into the Bachelor of Science in semester 2.      
SCH101 Chemical Concepts SE  
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 SE  
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 SE  

 

Please note: from 2018 the Wildlife and Conservation Biology major is no longer available.
Students who are interested in continuing to second year entry into the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) should follow the below plan.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
ENV102 The Diversity of Life SE ENV101 Earth Systems SE
IAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment (replaces CIK240) SE ENV103 Environmental Issues (previously ENV205) SE
Elective (Recommend SCH101 or SCH104 if later choosing ENV203) E Group A or B Specialist elective SE

 

Please note: from 2018 the Natural and Cultural Resource Management major is no longer available.
Students who are interested in continuing to second year entry into the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Natural and Cultural Resource Management) should follow the below plan.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
ENV102 The Diversity of Life SE ENV101 Earth Systems SE
IAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment (replaces CIK240) SE ENV103 Environmental Issues (previously ENV205) SE
Elective (Recommend SCH101 or SCH104 if later choosing ENV203) E ATI160 Cultural Site Management (no longer available) OR Group A or B Specialist elective SE

 

Students who are science teachers seeking Biology units should follow the below plan.

Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer Semester
(not available from 2021)
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology* CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies SE
Specialist elective beginning with either ENV or SBI SE Specialist elective beginning with either ENV or SBI SE    
IAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment (replaces CIK240) OR
Specialist elective beginning with either ENV or SBI
SE Specialist elective beginning with either ENV or SBI (if SBI209 is not taken in Summer Semester) SE    
Elective (Recommend SCH101 or SCH104 if later choosing ENV203) E Specialist elective beginning with either ENV or SBI OR
SID300 Professional Practice
SE    

 

*Please check for credit transfer from completed qualifications and take note of assumed knowledge and pre-requisites when selecting units. Some of the units listed under “Health and Physical Education” in the course structure are also relevant for biology teachers and could be chosen. 

ENV Units SBI Units
ENV101 Earth Systems
ENV102 The Diversity of Life
ENV201 Introductory Ecology
ENV204 Ecosystems, Evolution and Biodiversity (new title from 2019)
ENV103 Environmental Issues (previously ENV205 and SBI240)
ENV206 Environmental Physiology
ENV301 Tropical Invaders and Biosecurity
ENV302 Organisms and Environmental Change
ENV303 Ecological Restoration and Conservation
ENV316 Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia (Study Period 2) (intensive field component) (replaces ENV304) 
SBI105 The Life of Cells (last offered 2017)
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021)
SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
SBI322 DNA Analysis and Profiling (replaced by ENV323 Environmental Microbiology from 2017)

 

Students who are science teachers seeking Chemistry units should follow the below plan.

Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer Semester
(not available from 2021)
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology* CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies SE
SCH101 Chemical Concepts SE SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry SE    
Year 2
SBI245 Biochemistry OR
PHA212 Medicinal Chemistry OR
MLS245 Medical Biochemistry
SE SID300 Professional Practice SE SBI322 DNA Analysis and Profiling (replaced by ENV323 Environmental Microbiology from 2017)(Semester 3) SE

 

*Please check for credit transfer from completed qualifications and take note of assumed knowledge and pre-requisites when selecting units.

Students who are science teachers seeking Environmental and Earth Science units should follow the below plan.

Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer Semester
(not available from 2021)
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology* CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU Consider SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies SE
One or two of the Environmental and Earth Science units listed below. SE One or two of the Environmental and Earth Science units listed below. SE    
Year 2
One or two of the Environmental and Earth Science units listed below. SE One or two of the Environmental and Earth Science units listed below. SE    
Year 3
One or two of the Environmental and Earth Science units listed below. SE        

 

 *Please check for credit transfer from completed qualifications and take note of assumed knowledge and pre-requisites when selecting units.

Environmental and Earth Science Units Other Specialist Electives
ENV101 Earth Systems
ENV102 The Diversity of Life
ENV201 Introductory Ecology
ENV202 Introduction to Remote Sensing
ENV203 Environmental Survey and Monitoring Skills (repeatable) (replaced by ENV209 Fauna and Flora Survey and ENV210 Water Quality Assessment from 2018)
ENV204 Ecosystems, Evolution and Biodiversity (new title from 2019)
ENV103 Environmental Issues (previously ENV205 and SBI240)
ENV206 Environmental Physiology
ENV207 Fire Ecology and Management in North Australia
ENV208 Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Thinking (previously SES220) (new title 2018)
ENV300 Wildlife Management
ENV301 Tropical Invaders and Biosecurity
ENV302 Organisms and Environmental Change
ENV303 Ecological Restoration and Conservation
ENV306 Environmental Monitoring and Modelling
ENV315 Desert Field Ecology
ENV316 Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia (Study Period 2) (intensive field component) (replaces ENV304)
ENV317 Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods
ENV322 Molecular Environmental Health Assessment
SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
Up to two of the following units for special electives:

ATI160 Cultural Site Management (no longer available)
IAS223 Representing and Recording Country (replaces CIK210)
IAS254 Partnership and Engagement in Indigenous Land and Sea Management (replaces CIK230)
IAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment (replaces CIK240)

 

Students who are science teachers seeking Physics and Mathematics units should follow the below plan.

Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer Semester
(not available from 2021)
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology* CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU Consider SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies SE
One or two of the Physics or Mathematics units listed below. SE One or two of the Physics or Mathematics units listed below. SE    
Year 2
One or two of the Physics or Mathematics units listed below. SE One or two of the Physics or Mathematics units listed below. SE    
Year 3
One or two of the Physics or Mathematics units listed below. SE        

 

*Please check for credit transfer from completed qualifications and take note of assumed knowledge and pre-requisites when selecting units.

Physics and Mathematics Units Other Specialist Electives

SMA101 Mathematics 1A
SMA102 Mathematics 1B
SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
SMA209 Mathematics 2A
SMA212 Data Analytics (replaces SMA211 from 2021)
SPH141 Concepts of Physics
HIT140 Foundations of Data Science (replaces STA101 from 2021)
ENG151 Statics
ENG154 Engineering Foundations (discontinued, last offered 2015)
ENG174 Electrical Engineering
ENG221 Analogue Electronics
ENG223 Electrical Circuit Analysis
ENG247 Fluid and Thermodynamics
ENG252 Dynamics
ENG267 Hydraulics And Soil Mechanics

Some of the units listed under “Information Technology” in the course structure are also relevant and could be chosen.

 

Students with an alternate degree seeking Environmental Science and related units should follow the below plan.

Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer Semester
(not available from 2021)
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology* CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU Consider SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies SE
One of the units listed below* SE One of the units listed below* SE    
One of the units listed below* SE One of the units listed below* SE    
One of the units listed below* SE One of the units listed below* SE    

 

*Please check for credit transfer from completed qualifications and take note of assumed knowledge and pre-requisites when selecting units.

Group 1 ATI160 Cultural Site Management (no longer available)
IAS223 Representing and Recording Country (replaces CIK210)
IAS254 Partnership and Engagement in Indigenous Land and Sea Management (replaces CIK230)
IAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment (replaces CIK240)
Group 2 ENV101 Earth Systems
ENV102 The Diversity of Life
ENV201 Introductory Ecology
ENV202 Introduction to Remote Sensing
ENV203 Environmental Survey and Monitoring Skills (repeatable) (replaced by ENV209 Fauna and Flora Survey and ENV210 Water Quality Assessment from 2018)
ENV204 Ecosystems, Evolution and Biodiversity (new title from 2019)
ENV103 Environmental Issues (previously ENV205 and SBI240)
ENV206 Environmental Physiology
ENV207 Fire Ecology and Management in North Australia
ENV208 Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Thinking (previously SES220) (new title 2018)
ENV300 Wildlife Management
ENV301 Tropical Invaders and Biosecurity
ENV302 Organisms and Environmental Change
ENV303 Ecological Restoration and Conservation
ENV306 Environmental Monitoring and Modelling
ENV315 Desert Field Ecology
ENV316 Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia (replaces ENV304)
ENV316 Understanding Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia
ENV317 Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods
ENV522 Molecular Environmental Health Assessment (discontinued 2017)
Group 3 HSC112 Basics of Epidemiology
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health
PHM301 Exploring Public Health
Group 4 SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
PSY247 Research Design and Analysis
Group 5 SBI105 The Life of Cells (last offered 2017)
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021)
SBI245 Biochemistry
SBI261 Functional Anatomy
SBI282 Clinical Microbiology 1
SBI322 DNA Analysis and Profiling (replaced by ENV323 Environmental Microbiology from 2017)
SCH101 Chemical Concepts
SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
Group 6 SID300 Professional Practice in Science
SID301 Science Research Project
20cp may be selected from these units: CIK220 Arctic to Uluru: Comparative Studies in Indigenous Policy (not offered 2018) (no longer available)
IAS402 Intercultural Practice (replaces CIK305 from 2020)
CIK341 Global Perspectives on Indigenous Land and Sea Management (no longer available)
ATI110 Indigenous Policymaking (no longer available 2020)
IAS225 Cultural Resource and Site Management (replaces ATI221 from 2020)
IAS354 Impact Assessment and Management of Cultural Sites (replaces ATI321 from 2020)
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law (not recommended for students in their first year of university study) (offered in alternate years - 2020, 2022)

 

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Legend: CU = Common Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

Students who have not completed a university degree and who are not following a study pathway into the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Environmental Science should follow the below plan.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology
CU
    Specialist elective (100 level) SE
    Specialist elective (100 level) SE
    Specialist elective (100 level) SE
Year 2
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU    
Specialist elective (100 level) SE    
Specialist elective (100 level) SE    
Elective E    

 

Students who are interested in continuing to second year entry into the Bachelor of Science (Geographic Information Science major) should follow the below plan.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU
    SPH141 Concepts of Physics or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics OR
Elective if SMA101 or SMA104 is taken in SEM-1
SE
    HIT137 Software Now SE
    ENV101 Earth Systems SE
Year 2
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU    
SCH101 Chemical Concepts or SCH104 Introductory Chemistry SE    
SMA101 Mathematics 1A or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics OR 
Elective if SPH141 or SMA104 is taken in SEM-2
SE    
HIT164 Computing Fundamentals SE    

 

Students who are interested in continuing to second year entry into the Bachelor of Science (Ecology major) should follow the below plan.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU
    SPH141 Concepts of Physics or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
OR
Elective if SMA101 or SMA104 is taken in SEM-1
SE/E
    SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021) OR
SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry OR
SBI105 The Life of Cells (last offered 2017) OR
ENV101 Earth Systems
SE
    SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021) OR
SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry OR
SBI105 The Life of Cells (last offered 2017) OR
ENV101 Earth Systems
SE
Year 2
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU    
SCH101 Chemical Concepts or SCH104 Introductory Chemistry SE    
SMA101 Mathematics 1A or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
OR 
Elective if SPH141 or SMA104 is taken in SEM-2
SE/E    
ENV102 The Diversity of Life SE    

 

Students who are interested in continuing to second year entry into the Bachelor of Science (General Science major) should follow the below plan.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU
    SPH141 Concepts of Physics or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
OR
Elective if SMA101 or SMA104 is taken in SEM-1
SE/E
    Specialist elective (100 level) SE
    Specialist elective (100 level) SE
Year 2
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU    
SCH101 Chemical Concepts or SCH104 Introductory Chemistry SE    
SMA101 Mathematics 1A or or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
OR
Elective if SPH141 or SMA104 is taken in SEM-2
SE/E    
Elective E    

 

Students who are interested in continuing to second year entry into the Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science major) should follow the below plan.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU
    SPH141 Concepts of Physics or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
OR
Elective if SMA101 or SMA104 is to be taken in Year 2 of Bachelor of Science
SE/E
    SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies SE
    SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021) SE
Year 2
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU    
SCH101 Chemical Concepts or SCH104 Introductory Chemistry SE    
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 SE    
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 SE    

 

Please note: from 2018 the Nutrition major is no longer available.
Students should note there is no Semester 2 entry for the Nutrition major.
 
 

Please note: from 2018 the Wildlife and Conservation Biology major is no longer available.
Students who are interested in continuing to second year entry into the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) should follow the below plan.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
    ENV101 Earth Systems SE
    ENV103 Environmental Issues (previously ENV205) SE
    Elective E
Year 2
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU    
ENV102 The Diversity of Life SE    
IAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment (replaces CIK240) SE    
SCH101 Chemical Concepts OR
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry
SE    

 

Please note: from 2018 the Natural and Cultural Resource Management major is no longer available.
Students who are interested in continuing to second year entry into the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Natural and Cultural Resource Management) should follow the below plan.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
    ENV101 Earth Systems SE
    ENV103 Environmental Issues (previously ENV205) SE
    ATI160 Cultural Site Management (no longer available) SE
Year 2
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU    
ENV102 The Diversity of Life SE    
IAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment (replaces CIK240) SE    
Elective (Recommend SCH101 Chemical Concepts OR
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry if later choosing ENV203)
E    

 

Students commencing in Summer Semester (from 2021 Summer Semester is no longer available for entry)

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in summer semester and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Legend: CU = Common Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer Semester
(not available from 2021)
Year 1
        CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU
        CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
Year 2
Specialist Elective (100 level) SE Specialist Elective (100 level) SE    
Specialist Elective (100 level) SE Specialist Elective (100 level) SE    
Elective E Specialist Elective (100 level) SE    

 Specialist Elective Availability

Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer Semester
Geographic Information Science
SCH101 Chemical Concepts or SCH104 Introductory Chemistry SPH141 Concepts of Physics or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics  
SMA101 Mathematics 1A or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics HIT137 Software Now  
HIT164 Computing Fundamentals ENV101 Earth Systems  
Ecology
SCH101 Chemical Concepts or SCH104 Introductory Chemistry SPH141 Concepts of Physics or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics  
SMA101 Mathematics 1A or
SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
SBI173 Microbiology (replaced by SBI182 from 2021)  
ENV102 The Diversity of Life SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry  
  SBI105 The Life of Cells (last offered 2017)  
  ENV101 Earth Systems  
General Science
SCH101 Chemical Concepts or SCH104 Introductory Chemistry SPH141 Concepts of Physics or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics  
SMA101 Mathematics 1A or
SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
   
Biomedical Science
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
SCH101 Chemical Concepts or SCH104 Introductory Chemistry SBI173 Microbiology (replaced by SBI182 from 2021) SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
  SPH141 Concepts of Physics or SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics  
  SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies  
Nutrition
Please note: from 2018 the Nutrition major is no longer available.
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 Follow study plan for Bachelor of Science (Nutrition major) if transferring into the Bachelor of Science in semester 2.  
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2  
SCH101 Chemical Concepts  
Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Please note: from 2018 the Wildlife and Conservation Biology major is no longer available.
ENV102 The Diversity of Life ENV101 Earth Systems  
IAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment (replaces CIK240) ENV103 Environmental Issues (previously ENV205)  
Natural and Cultural Resource Management
Please note: from 2018 the Natural and Cultural Resource Management major is no longer available.
ENV102 The Diversity of Life ENV101 Earth Systems  
IAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment (replaces CIK240) ENV103 Environmental Issues (previously ENV205)  
  ATI160 Cultural Site Management (no longer available)  

 

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study of 80 credit points (1.0 EFTSL) for commencing students in 2021 is AUD $31,000.00.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

Domestic students - undergraduate studies

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SATAC

 

MyNextCourse

Applications via MyNextCourse are only for previous domestic CDU or BIITE* students who have graduated from one of the following:

  • a completed CDU or BIITE enabling program - ZTEP01, PTS or TEP2 (excluding TEP1)
  • a completed CDU Certificate IV or Diploma
  • a completed undergraduate course.

MyNextCourse

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If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

You will need a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

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